After the success of our inaugural annual short story competition in 2020, we’re proud to announce the launch of this year’s Short Story Competition.

As a country built and thriving on literature, Scotland has some incredible writers who go unacknowledged every year, and Ringwood wants to bring some of those underrepresented voices to light. Writers residing in or originally from Scotland are encouraged to send their best work to our panel of judges.

We welcome submissions from all walks of life, including but not limited to writers who identify as women, men, transgender, nonbinary, LGBTQ+, BAME, neurodivergent, and any and all others who are contributing the rich tapestry of our literary history. Your voices matter.

The contest opens for entries on 20th September 2021. There is a £2 entry fee and the
winning writer will receive a prize of £50 and publication on our website; up to two runners
up will also receive acknowledgement and publication on the website.

We are only accepting contest submissions electronically. Any one writer is welcome to submit up to five stories, each as a separate submission with its own £2 entry fee. You will receive a confirmation email once your submission and payment have been received.

Full Terms and Conditions

Ringwood want to celebrate up and coming young writers with a Scottish connection, and so the competition will be open to all writers based in Scotland, or who have previously resided in Scotland.

Entry is £2 per story, entries must be short stories with a maximum word limit of 3000, and the deadline is 3rd December 2021. Winners shall be announced in December, just before Christmas.

Please send stories up to 3000 words to
While we always welcome work that pushes boundaries and makes us ask questions about the world, we do not welcome any stories that promote stigma against mental illness, homophobia, ableism, racism, fascism, sexism, and all other manner of bigoted nonsense.

Entries should be sent as a double-spaced Word document. Please include page numbers and use an easy-to-read font and have subject of your email read ‘Short Story Submission’.

Please include a cover letter detailing contact details, any previous publications and (if applicable) residence in Scotland as the first page of your entry.

Once payment has been made and entry sent to, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that your piece has been received.

The judges’ decision is final, and any entries received after the deadline (3rd December 2021) will not be considered.

No postal entries shall be considered.

We will not be able to offer feedback on individual entries.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, though please let us know if your piece is subsequently accepted for publication elsewhere. And if that happens, congratulations!

There is a limit of 5 different entries by any one writer, and each separate story must be accompanied by a £2 entry fee (payable by credit/debit card or PayPal via the Add to Basket button below)).

Last year’s winners

It is recommended entrants check out the 2020 Results to get a sense of the standards required to be competitive.

A huge congratulations to the winner of our first ever short story competition, Mónica Ferreira. You can read her story, ‘The Shoes’, and learn more about her here.

A round of applause is also in order for this year’s runner-up, Mila Daskalova. You can read her story, ‘Teeth’, here.